Thursday, February 5, 2015

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer | Review & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Kathryn Springer, with a review of her latest release "The Dandelion Field!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY(s) (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from January 27 - February 15, 2015 | Giveaway ends on February 15, 2015]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Hardcover - Pages: 529, Paperback - Pages: 347; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1904 KB | Expected Release Date: January 27, 2015 | Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing : Zondervan | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group / NetGalley

"The Dandelion Field" by Kathryn Springer

Author's Book Description : The handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles.

Nothing has ever come easy for single mom Ginevieve Lightly. Over the years, she’s managed to pay the bills waitressing, and she is deeply devoted to her daughter, Raine. Gin has been satisfied moving from city to city, never putting down roots or making commitments. But when engine trouble temporarily strands them in the small town of Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises her daughter they will stay put until Raine graduates from high school in the spring.
Dan Moretti couldn’t imagine a life without Evie, but she married his best friend. After Max died while fighting a huge blaze, Dan has looked out for Evie and her son, Cody. Evie has always made it clear she thinks of him only as a friend, but Dan has secretly held out hope that her feelings would change. When a small town scandal erupts, Dan is caught in the middle and his loyalty put to the test when he realizes his feelings are the ones that are changing. He’s falling for a beautiful, unconventional waitress named Gin.
As Cody and Raine move closer to making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, Dan makes a decision, too. But can he convince a woman who doesn’t believe in happy endings to take a chance on a new beginning . . . with him?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Living the "gypsy lifestyle" because it's what you're accustomed to isn't a bad thing. Yet when circumstances change and it’s now up to your daughter to decide about her own future instead of you to do so, you just have to be there to pick up the pieces and hope for the best. That's what Ginevieve (Gin) does, forcing her to stay in one place for the longest time she's had to in years. Now if Gin can protect her heart from Daniel (Dan -- a handsome fire fighter who tries to help out) and the rest of the small town her daughter and her ended up in than everything will be fine.

This dynamic novel has you following Dan & Gin through their struggle to follow God and assist Cody & Raine (Gin's daughter) through their stressful situation. In truth, I was surprised by the twists this novel took me on but happy I was able to enjoy myself along the way. Dan & Gin are wonderful counterpoints to each other, making it so Dan feels more compelled to lean on Gin and have Gin lean on him than his close friend Evie who he has supported mostly over the years. Together they are very sweet and I wish I could have read more about them. Nevertheless, while I enjoyed how it ended, especially Dan's big romantic gesture, it fell short of what I had hoped for as the novel seemed to be building up to something bigger then what actually happens. In addition, I would have loved to read an epilogue to get a brief update about everyone’s lives.

Yet, with all that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it to those who like contemporary Christian romances that deal with meaningful topics.

Purchase This Book Here : Kobo (e-Book)

Author's Novel Extras :

Book Teaser(s) :
The moment Gin drove underneath the metal arch anchored between two brick pillars, the name Rosewood Court entwined in a banner of vines and flowers, she scratched the notion that she and Evie Bennett had anything in common.
"We're not in Kansas anymore," Gin muttered under her breath.
"It's that one." Raine pointed to a two-story brick house rising from the center of the cul-de-sac like a miniature castle. "I know what you're thinking."
"What am I thinking?" Gin parked on the street behind a hunter green pickup, the vehicle of choice for roughly 80 percent of the male population in Banister Falls.
"You're thinking Cody's mom is a snob because she lives in a nice house. Which is just as bad as people thinking we're trashy because we live in the trailer park."
"Well, you're wrong, Miss Smarty-pants." She was thinking that Evie Bennett had made out pretty good in the divorce. ~ within Chapter 9
"Come on, Mom." Raine tugged her forward.
Gin didn't want to go forward. She wanted to go home and change clothes. "Why didn't you tell me everyone was going to be dressed like Cinderella?" she hissed.
"You look great, Mom."
A simple black dress without a sequin or speck of glitter did not fall into the category of "great." Not even close. "I look like one of the caterers."
"No you don't. They're wearing aprons."
Gin gave her a mock scowl and added a nudge for good measure. "Brat." ~ within Chapter 53
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kathryn, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

Kathryn Springer, winner of the 2007 Write Touch Reader’s Award (long contemporary), grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child, she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own.

After a number of busy years, when she married her college sweetheart and became a stay-at-home mom, Kathryn rediscovered her love for writing. An unexpected snow day from school became the inspiration for a short story, which she submitted to Brio magazine. She went on to publish over a dozen more short stories for Brio, but it wasn’t until her youngest child started school that she decided to pursue her dream to write a novel. In August 2004, her Love Inspired® debut novel, "Tested by Fire," was published.

Encouraging women in their faith journey is the reason Kathryn loves to write inspirational fiction. She hosts a women’s Bible study in her home and volunteers in a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) ministry. When she isn’t at the computer, you’ll find her curled up with a good book, spending time with family and friends or walking on the trails near her country home.

Giveaway(s)!! :

Get ready for Valentine's Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer's "The Dandelion Field." The handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn't believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning?

Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive :

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of "The Dandelion Field" by Kathryn Springer

To Enter : Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog.



ALSO -- Be sure to check out Litfuse's other Blog Tour Reviews for this novel!!

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